Independence Day is not only a very important day in our nation’s history, but also a great opportunity to CELEBRATE!!! So whether you need a new pair of hiking shoes to go camping or hiking and enjoy the beautiful country side, or you want to rock some red, white, and blue at a backyard barbeque in the city, we’ve got just what you’re looking for.
Looking to enjoy the holiday in the great American outdoors? You’ll need a great pair of hikers. With everything from Merrell to Keen and a little bit of everything in between, you’re sure to find something to suit your style. Love the classics? Try something like the Keen Targhee II if water protection is important, or the Merrell Moab Ventilator if you prefer something very breathable and lightweight. Both brands also offer styles perfect for those of you who like to try new things, like the popping colors of the Keen Marshall or the sleek lines of the Merrell Grassbow.
The Keen Targhee II is a great choice for those outdoor Independence Day adventures.
No hiking or camping trip is complete without some functional accessories, and what is more appropriate on our Independence Day than using products that are Made in America? From Smartwool socks to Nalgene water bottles, you’ll be covered from head to toe in USA made products.
Even if you’re just going to a neighbors house to grill up some burgers and watch some fireworks, make sure you are sporting patriotic colors down to your toes, with red, white, and blue shoes. But why be subtle when you can be bold in full stars and stripes? Slip into an updated version of a classic look, the Stars and Stripes Santiago from Birki’s by Birkenstock. No 4th of July outfit is complete without a bag, and the Steve Madden Bfringer Heart Flag bag will easily sum up your USA pride.
This morning on the Today Show, Savannah Guthrie tackled this summer’s hottest shoe trends with the help of Gilt’s Chassie Post. We’ve outlined the highlights, and made some suggestions you can find right here on doddsshoe.com!
The first trend was METALLICS. Post said that “Metallics are MAJOR” this season, emphasizing that traditional golds and silvers are a neutral, while colored metallic can add some “umph” to a traditional jeans and t-shirt look. Even though we normally associated metallic with night looks, this season metallics can help you seamlessly go from day to night.
The next trend they moved on to was “sassy sandals.” Post started out the segment by suggesting EVERYONE (including men!) get pedicures, because sandals are huge this summer (like most summers, I suppose). The difference this season is that Birkenstocks are BACK in a big way. Here at doddsshoe.com, we can attest to this trend, and we love that comfort is now cool again!
The classic Birkenstock styles like the Arizona, Gizeh, and Madrid are now available in the color of the season (white), with pop-of-color soles, and can even tie in the previous metallic trend. One of our other favorite brands, Sofft, has developed their own line of Birkenstock-inspired styles, with cushioned comfort soles, fun uppers, and the cork support we all love.
The last summer shoe trend they highlighted is the platform. We love platforms because they are both comfortable AND stylish. Post said platforms can help “make a 4-inch heel feel more like a sensible 2-inch heel.” One platform must-have is the wedge sneaker. We’ve already written about why WE love wedge-sneakers in a previous post, and we’re glad they’re back again this season. A new twist on a classic is the “flatform,” or flat platforms.
It is officially that time again; the time for registries, cake, and dancing to “Shout.” It’s wedding season! We’ve got the essential tips to find the perfect wedding shoe for the unconventional bride, the loyal bridesmaids, and the stylish wedding guest.
The Unconventional Bride: Not every bride wants the 5 inch high satin stiletto that is sold in many bridal shops. If you’re the bride, it’s your day, and you should feel like YOU! Do you spend 90% of your time in sneakers? Wear a shiny new pair of Converse! Are you having a beachy wedding? Wear some Sperry Top Siders to fit the theme! Are you a little bit country? Wear your favorite pair of cowboy boots (or use it as an excuse to get that brand new pair of Fryes you’ve had your eye on!) and you’ll feel comfortable all day long.
The Loyal Bridesmaid: Being a bridesmaid can be tough…keeping an eye on Uncle Larry to make sure he doesn’t have too many custom cocktails, running around making sure the flower girl doesn’t eat all the heart mints, and of course getting things going on the dance floor. Basically, they end up spending a LOT of time on their feet, so a good looking yet functional pair of shoes is a necessity. Luckily, there are brands like Sofft, Born, and Isola that make finding that combination easy. For a wedding without a lot of grass-walking, a sturdy heel and strappy upper will do just fine, like the Sofft Perla. For those outdoor weddings, to avoid the old “heel stuck in the grass” problem, bridesmaids could opt for a wedge or a flat in a matching color with metallic accents to add some glam, like the Isola Evana.
Bridesmaid shoes should be stylish, yet comfortable and functional since there will be a lot of running around!
The Stylish Guest: As a guest, your job is to have a good time and soak in the love! Looking fabulous doesn’t hurt either. Summer weddings are the perfect time to get out those fun and flirty dresses and look your best while mingling with old and new friends. Really, the only rule for you is not to wear all white, so feel free to have fun with color, textures, and prints. We’ve got the wedding shoes you need to top off the outfit, from a pair of hot-hued heels, block sandals with retro details, or kitten heel pumps.
Get out of the cold winter slump with shoes that are made for Spring…shoes with cutout and perforation details. This spring shoe trend is one of my favorites because these details not only add visual interest, but they add built-in ventilation as the days get warmer and warmer.
Oxfords are a year-round look, giving classic style and sophistication to any casual look.
Actress AnnaLynne McCord puts some prep in her spring step thanks to perforated oxfords, like the Born Dallyce.
If you add some cutout details, you create a whole new warm weather presence. AnnaLynne McCord looks fun and flirty with her flowy dress and bright belt, and adds a bit of prep in her step with these perforated oxfords. Get her look with the Born Dallyce. If you wear them with tights, it gives the cutouts even more of an opportunity to stand out. Adding perforations and cutouts can add fresh new style to the classic oxford.
Brands like Rieker, Jambu, and Cobb Hill have styled up their oxford looks with cute cutouts and perforations.
Boat shoe maker Sperry Top Sider has jumped on the perforated trend with one of their most popular styles, the Angelfish. The Angelfish Perfs has everything you love about their boat shoes, in a more breathable and eye-catching style.
Perforation and cutout details also lend a style boost to classic summer wedges and heels. The Born Marlys is already stylish, with the cork wrapped platform wedge and strappy upper.
When the circular cutouts are added to a few of the straps, it brings the style to a new level. Any high heel, whether it’s a mary-jane, slide sandal sandals or classic pump, can get a fresh, new, jump-start on spring thanks to these details.
Enjoy the breezy breathability spring has to offer with shoes featuring the cutout and perforation trend. Check out our selection of styles here.
Some new brands cause quite a stir here at doddsshoe.com, and OTZShoes is definitely one of them. What are they? They’re a casual, zero drop, minimalist shoe that provide tons of comfort, and come with ice-age inspiration. That’s right, the muse for this new brand is “Ötzi,” the iceman. Ötzi is a well-preserved mummy, dating back to about 3300BC. Why would he be inspirational to a California shoe company over 5000 years later? Ötzi was found wearing the oldest known pair of shoes.
Very sophisticated for his time, Ötzi the iceman was found with shoes that were waterproof and insulated, ideal for walking across snow.
These shoes were remarkable considering the time period…they were actually waterproof, made of deer hide stitched to a wide bear skin sole, making them ideal for trekking across the snow. Internally, a woven net filled with dried grass and moss provided warmth and comfort, and functioned like modern socks. Ludo, the creative director of OTZ Shoes, heard about this find in 2005 and decided to take inspiration from those shoes, incorporate today’s trends and technologies, and the concept of OTZ shoes was born.
Some of that new technology is the patent pending CORKlite footbed.
OTZ’s CORKlite footbed is featured in their classic OTZ300GMS style. This lightweight soft cork footbed is made from compression molded EVA, and wrapped in a 1.8mm cork casing. The EVA provides shock absorption and cushion with each step, and the cork provides antimicrobial properties that reduce bacterial build up so you can wear this style with or without socks. The 1.8mm suede lining helps wick away moisture, providing a healthy and dry environment. The CORKlite footbed also helps promote healthy posture and will eventually mold to the shape of your foot for a customized and cushioned ride.
The OTZ300GMS provides the ultimate in casual comfort with a variety of uppers to match your lifestyle.
The OTZ300GMS style comes with the comfort of CORKlite, and a variety of different uppers. The colorful Belize version features Belize cotton trim, inspired from Central American designs. All of the linen versions feature Italian made coarse linen that has been stone washed for a unique look and lightweight feel. For something a little bit more weather resistant, the waxed canvas upper is water resistant AND stain resistant thanks to the wax content, yet the canvas still keeps this version breathable. Whatever upper you choose, it is stitched directly to the outsole for increased durability and minimal use of glues.
Inspired from the past and crafted with today in mind, OTZShoes are a fun new addition to doddsshoe.com.
The holiday season is upon us, and as much as I love shopping, gift buying can be overwhelming! Thank goodness I work in retail, right? I was able to find gifts for so many of my loved ones right here at doddsshoe.com.
First, my mom. She is a teacher and is on her feet chasing around kids all day, so I knew she’d appreciate something to slip into at the end of the day that would put a smile on her face and relieve some of the stress that builds up on her tired soles. Haflinger slippers were my immediate first instinct…but there are so many great options! The Charisma is so pretty and delicate with the flower appliques across the top, the Calypso is so fun and colorful (just like her!), but the Classic AS Slipper is always a good go-to.
But then I remembered her collection of giraffe figurines in our curio cabinet while growing up, and it hit me…the Jimmy! Who can resist that long neck and those adorable eyes? Perfect gift for Mom: check!
Now for Dad…he’s tough sometimes. All I can remember him asking for are socks or a new tie. He never wants to ask for anything new, and will use everything he has until it is worn out completely. Like his snow boots for instance…he has owned the Sorel Caribou for as long as I can remember, and although they held up during the entirety of my education I think this will be the year to replace them. Luckily the Caribou has only made minor improvements in the last few DECADES, so I know he will still like these winter classics for years to come.
My sisters were easy. My youngest one is stylish, trendy, and youthful…the perfect candidate for an awesome pair of Madden Girl boots. The colored back zippers are one of the hottest trends out there right now, and the Madden Girl Cactuss has the cool red zipper along with studs lining the sides for even more style.
My other sister is bubbly and has a sparkling personality, and loves to stay comfortable and warm (when we were kids she would surround the floor heat vent with a blanket and just sit there and soak in the heat). I think the UGG Australia Classic Short Sparkles may have been made just for her…warm shearling lining and colorful sequins on the outside? Just right!
And with that, my family is taken care of! Except for stocking stuffers of course. I think my family almost looks forward to my Smartwool Stocking Stuffers more than my shortbread cookies…almost.
Find gifts for everyone on your list using our Holiday Gift Guide, and let doddsshoe.com make holiday shopping easy!
It’s a wedge! It’s a sneaker! It’s the ultimate casual shoe, the sneaker-wedge! Thanks to this new trend, your fashionista instincts can follow you from casual Friday to weekend hang-outs. Hi-top sneakers have always had a cool retro vibe, but they’ve also been a bit of a sacrifice since you lose those leg-lengthening inches that come from wearing heels. Let’s face it, being boosted up on a pair of heels is basically the equivalent to instantly losing 5 pounds. Especially for those of us who weren’t blessed in the height department, forgoing our heels can be tough. Luckily, now you can have them both!
Miranda Kerr and Beyonce showing off their stylish mommy style and Dakota Fanning with a youthful take, all in trendy high-top sneaker wedges.
Celebs have eaten up this trend. Miranda Kerr and Beyonce both throw on a pair for some street-chic mommy style, while Dakota Fanning shows how youthful and versatile the shoes can be. Beyonce’s Isabel Marant pair can run upwards of $800…if that’s a little bit out of your price range, the Steve Madden Hilight ($95.95) and the Madden Girl Hickorry ($54.95) are budget friendly (but just as fashionable!) alternatives.
Those celebs paired their wedges with skinny pants and loose uppers which is great for fall. Another way to wear them is with a flirty a-line dress (like I did back in the warmer months) or a cute mini. I wore my Steve Madden Olympiaa sneaker wedges for a look that had a bit of a girly-punk vibe.
If your style is a bit more sporty/tomboy-chic, the Puma Sky Wedge might be just what you’re looking for. Puma describes the reason before this style as their “duty to engineer a high-collared heel with all the comfort and kick-a**-tastic looks to make smooth moves.” They did just that, and added extra-bold colors and the signature Puma form stripe down the side for a look that is about as street-chic as you can get.
We love the way Puma advertised their Sky Wedge sneakers…”Carefully designed to combat tall people who stand at the front.” So true!
If you’re still not convinced, maybe you’ll take the advice from fashion police queen Joan Rivers, who called them what all the “cool girls” were wearing. During a recent episode of “Fashion Police,” this trend was discussed on the segment “Gotta Have It/Make It Stop.” Joan, Guiliana, and Kelly all said “Gotta Have It,” and George only said no because he thought they would become TOO popular. But if worn right and with confidence, we here at doddsshoe.com say sneaker wedges are the ULTIMATE cool-girl kicks, and we’ve GOTTA HAVE THEM!
Running is not only a great way to stay in shape, it can really benefit your overall health, both physical and mental. From raising levels of good cholesterol and increasing lung function, to boosting your immune system and preventing disease, to relieving stress and eliminating depression, the benefits of running seem endless. The hardest part about running is getting the motivation to just get out and do it, so here are a few running tips for beginners to make it just a little bit easier to take advantage of this awesome exercise.
Asics Kayano 18: the latest version of the legendary running shoe.
First things first: When you begin running, you need to get a really good pair of running shoes. Without having good support and cushion, injuries such as shin splints, bad knees, or weak ankles can occur. When I started running, I had really bad pain in my shins and it took me a couple of weeks to finally figure out that it was my shoes. I switched to Asics Kayano 18, and my shins thanked me immediately. The Kayano is gradually becoming a “legendary” shoe in the running community, and the 18th edition lives up to its reputation with all around support and just that little bit of extra cushion for comfort. These shoes are great for any terrain, including the road, trail, or track.
Another great running shoe is the lightweight and breathable Brooks PureFlow. The PureFlow is made to be more street specific, and comes in a variety of awesome colors for men, women, and kids. Just think; your whole family running around the neighborhood in a rainbow of different PureFlow shoes. Your neighbors will be saying “What a stylish and healthy family!” In hot weather, this shoe would be a great pick for its breathability and almost minimalist feel.
Brooks PureFlow Collection for men, women, and kids.
When you’ve found your perfect shoe and decide to start running, start slowly. Don’t push yourself into running five miles the first day. Start out with about a mile and if that feels like a breeze, go up in distance the next time or switch to a faster pace. If you want to
Nathan Hydration Products make sure your water levels are just right while on the go.
run longer distances, be sure to stay hydrated! Take a Nathan water bottle holster to strap on while you are on your run. This way you won’t have to stop to take a water break, and you’ll have a place for essentials like your phone and keys.
One thing you need to do before and after you start your run is to stretch! Loosen those hamstrings and calves with the Trigger Point Therapy Performance Kit and the Trigger Point revolutionary foam roller. There have been a few days when I go out for a run and think I’ll be fine without stretching, and I ALWAYS regret it. Trust me, you will feel it in the morning! The performance kit comes with DVDs and lots of instructions to properly roll out your specific muscles. You will be feeling much happier if you stretch before and after running. With these tips, you’ll soon be on your way to getting all the amazing benefits of running. Get the shoes, stretching advice, and athletic apparel you need to get started right here at www.doddsshoe.com.
A few years ago, I attended the outdoor wedding of one of my best friends. Summer dresses were required and I took plenty of time deciding on just the right one. What I didn’t put enough consideration into was my shoe choice–mind you, this was before I started working for a shoe company. As I stepped onto the damp lawn where the wedding took place, I knew my skinny heels were going to cause me problems. I was carful during the ceremony and made it through with out the predicted trouble. This good fortune, however, didn’t last through the reception. As I prepared myself for a night of dancing and dining around the reception area, my heel got stuck in a patch of mud and I lost my balance. Luckily the attention at the time was on the bride and groom so my mishap went largely unnoticed, but it has made me double and triple think my shoe choice for every wedding after that. Whether it’s outdoor, indoor, formal or casual there’s a perfect shoe for them all.
Sofft Bijou Wedge
Steve Madden Tampaa
If it’s an outdoor wedding you’re attending, wedges or chunky heels are the way to go. They look classy and cute but you’re still able to walk around on the outdoor terrain without sinking into it. It can be hard to walk, let alone dance, in gravel and grass with a skinny heel. And I don’t know about anyone else, but I don’t like to sit out any sort of dancing. The Bijou by Sofft gives you the comfort of knowing you won’t get stuck in the soft soil, along with the comfort and style you need to look great on the dance floor all night long. The soft metallic upper and espadrille wedge give a perfect warm-weather dress look. Another great option would be the Steve Madden Tampaa Wedge. The strappy metallic upper gives a dressy style, and the wood-like wedge is nice and light, but thick enough to keep you sturdy.
Sofft Broadway Leopard
If it’s a more formal event, a comfortable pump will be in your best interest. A shoe like the Sofft Broadway will allow you to fit right in at the ceremony and feel comfortable dancing at the reception. It is also versaitle enough to wear to the office or out at night, so this definitely wouldn’t be a one-time-wear type of shoe. If you’re wearing a simple dress, a more noticeable shoe is can give a pop of style to your outfit. Try the Broadway in Leopard! Animal prints are still a big trend, so making a statement with your shoes is a great way to try out animal prints without going overboard. However, If you’re wearing an eye catching dress, go with a classic and simple shoe, like the Sofft Ramona or Ramona II. This way you’ll look great while keeping the attention on the lady in white.
Sofft Ramona II Black Patent
High Heel Fit Tip: The last thing you want at the end of the night is to have to hold your shoes in your hand and stumble around barefoot on the dance floor because your feet hurt. By choosing a brand like Sofft, known for style AND comfort, you’ll be getting the famous comfortably padded Sofft footbed, and a shoe that looks as good as it feels. To find the proper heel height for you, we recommend standing on your tippy toes with the shoes in question on; if you can comfortably lift 1 inch off the ground, you’re good to go! If you can’t lift an inch off the ground, your feet will likely be tired and calves will be sore after a little bit of wear.
What is the easiest way to cool off on a hot summer day? Play in the water! From running through the sprinklers at your local park, to sailing the seven seas, to whitewater rafting, summer water sports offer an excellent way to cool down on record-setting high temperature days. While enjoying the water, make sure you have an appropriate shoe to stay secure on your foot and provide the protection you need.
For those of us that don’t get TOO adventurous on our days at the water, a quick water shoe, boat shoe, or sandal may be just right.
With drain-like holes and wet surface gripping siping on the sole, the Columbia Drainmaker is a great water shoe. Did we mention the quick drying mesh uppers?
Columbia has come out with some wonderful water shoes that give you the look of a sneaker. For men, we carry a couple color schemes in the Powerdrain and for women, we carry Powerdrain, in addition to the Drainmaker and the Drainsock–which offers a slip-on style with no laces. Each of these shoes provides incredible breathability with a mesh upper; add in the drain-like holes and siping on the bottom and your shoes will not only dry in no time but also maintain great traction on wet surfaces!
Find out more about the Columbia Drainmaker collection:
Sperry Top Sider boat shoes are an undisputed American summer staple.
If sailing the seven seas (or even just the lake closest to your house) is something that you had in mind for your summer days, Sperry Top-Sider is the brand to look to for a shoe that is not only extremely stylish, but also quite functional. If you’ve been reading our blog posts up to this point, you may remember a few of these styles featured back in March with a fashion watch on classic nautical styles coming back in vogue, and not just for sailors! These shoes are available for both men and women and offer “wave-siping” on the sole, (to help to release water with every step), water-resistant leather uppers, and 360-degree boat lacing systems for a secure fit. These classic boat shoes have been around for decades (with a few modern updates), so you can be sure that with a pair of Sperry Top-Siders in your wardrobe, you’ll never have to worry about your shoes becoming out-dated.
Although summer may seem like the perfect opportunity to pull out your many pairs of basic flip-flops, if you’re going to be spending any time in water, you may want to consider something with a heel strap to keep your shoes on your feet. The last thing you want to see floating off into the ocean sunset is your favorite pair of flip-flops!
Chaco is a brand with several styles of sandals that will stay on your feet even in the strongest of currents. Men, women, and children can rely on these sandals with a secure and customizable fit with the adjustable strap and traction on even wet surfaces with both the Chaco Vibram Yampa and Unaweep outsoles. The Z/1 sandal offers Chaco’s standard criss-cross fit with wide straps while the Z/2 sandal offers the same wide straps with an additional piece to hold onto your big toe! The ZX/1 and ZX/2sandals offer the same criss-cross patterns, but with two thinner straps along the length of the shoe instead of one thick strap. Any of these Chaco styles will let you feel well prepared when playing in the water, and they will also all get you closer to the undeniable summer staple, the “Chaco Tan Line!”
There is no mistaking the summer classic Chaco Tan Lines!
More Than Your Ordinary Sandal When you start to get a little more serious with your water activities, like whitewater rafting, you may want a little more protection for your toes than a typical sandal can offer. If this sounds like you, consider the Keen Newport. Again, these shoes are available for men, women and children, but in addition to a strap across the heel, they provide you with Keen.Protect–Keen’s patented rubber toe guard, protecting you from any unseen threats for potentially stubbed toes! Another great thing about the Newport is the elastic cord lacing system which is not only quick and easy, but also guarantees a secure fit. Each version of this shoe provides you with either a waterproof nylon or leather upper giving you a very quick-drying sandal.
If you’re looking for something a little less claustrophobic for your feet, you may want to consider the Keen Venice (available for both men and women) which provides all the same technology with fewer straps.
No matter what your summer water activity, you definitely want to be sure that you are not going to lose your footing–or your shoe! You can find the shoe that suits your summer cool-off needs right here at Dodds Shoe Co.